My dear people of Ini LGA and Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, a happy new year once again. I know this message will meet you and your families well, through the mercy of our awesome God. I am aware of the political interest, commentaries, and debates my last message to you has generated, some infantile and some out rightly clueless and deserve no response whatsoever.
Some aimed at disparaging my person and the hard-earned reputation I have built for myself and in some ways that have brought some level of honor to our local Government and Federal Constituency.
One thing is clear, these were financed by haters of truth, peace, orderliness, unity, and progress in our Federal Constituency. In an attempt to defend me, some lovers of our peaceful coexistence, unity, and progress mentioned the things I did for some individuals, which runs at variance with the covenant I have with my God.
I have since prayed to God to forgive me and I am also using this medium to ask for forgiveness from those who were so mentioned and offended. But people must desist from creating confusion that can lead to anarchy in our Federal Constituency. The coming House of Representatives election is about the survival of our Federal Constituency, having in mind that we are living in a symbiotic world. It is about our unity vs disunity, peace vs rancorous coexistence, equity vs inequity, fairness vs unfairness, about live and let’s live vs survival of the fittest, zoning between Ini and Ikono, individual greed vs keeping too simple agreements, our future as sisters LGAs and it’s about defending the truth vs promoting lies.
We must not allow our Federal Constituency to slip into political turmoil because of anybody, no matter how much money you are given or any rosy and fake promises made to you. Money will certainly be finished but the consequential damage will last for a very long time to come. It is the turn of Ini LGA to produce the next House of Representatives member, let us support Ini to have its turn. I am however glad to be informed that about 90% of our people are firmly on the side of the truth and will vote wisely on the 25th of February, 2023.
Let me quickly seize this opportunity to say one or two things about leadership to the ignorant and gullible. Leadership is about “Service” and the beliefs of the people in the Leadership, It is not an office. It is not about political shenanigans, where a highly unfit, deficient, and incompetent person will gather a few people, give them money and drinks and ask them to declare him or her a political leader. Granted, you can be made a political leader of your voting unit. But when it comes to the political leadership of the entire LGA, it is for those who have the capacity, credibility, and integrity to lead. It is not an all-comers affair. A leader is a person who can see ahead of others and gives direction for his people to follow, a leader is a person who can make that critical call, a leader is a person that creates access with a name that can open doors for his or her people, a leader is the person that stands for and defends the interests and rights of his people. A person who fleeces the treasury of his people every month cannot lead. A person who collects money and compromised the interests and rights of his people cannot claim leadership of any shade. A leader is a person that can defend the rights and interests of his or her people no matter what it takes. So those who are seeking the leadership of Ini LGA should check themselves well and be sure they have the integrity to meet leadership standards.
Now let’s leave some of the paid responses to my stand on the House of Representatives race in our Federal Constituency, face the truth, and do the right thing. It is the turn of Ini to produce the House of Representatives member on the 25th of February, 2023. I appeal to all voters in the Federal Constituency to go out en masse on the 25th of Federal, 2023, and vote for the right candidate from Ini LGA, vote for Dr. Glory Edet. She has the capacity, credibility, and integrity to represent us well. She has demonstrated these qualities as Hon. Commissioner and there is no doubt that she will do much better in the National Assembly. Vote PDP all the way, this is the only party that is ready to take Nigeria and Nigerians out of the current mess APC has put us. Nigeria is currently running on malfunctioning auto-pilot.
I apologize for not being at home with you in person. Not that I wished it, some people wanted me dead to justify preconceived claims but God says no. However, you may find me in my polling center on the 25th of February, 2023. Whether or not, go out with your PVC and vote for the right candidate from Ini, vote PDP all the way. Frankly speaking, I expect any candidate who is not from Ini LGA to suspend his or her campaign and ask his or her supporters to vote for a candidate from Ini LGA.
I am aware of some complaints about internal inequitable political distribution in Ini but this complaint is largely promoted by the same people that are bent on rubbishing the people of Ini. I am however determined to work with other credible leaders to address your complaints in this regard before I quit partisan politics sometime this year. I thank those of you who believe in my leadership and be rest assured that I will never let you down.
God bless Ini LGA! God bless Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency!! God bless Akwa Ibom state and Nigeria!!!
Obong Bassey Inuaeyen, your leader
(Uko Akwa Ibom)